Ecumenical Stewardship Center NEWS December 2017

Ecumenical Stewardship Center NEWS December 2017

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Pathways to Generosity Conference Keynote Speakers The Pathways to Generosity: Signs of Hope Conference April 3-5, 2018 in Dallas, Texas will feature four dynamic keynote speakers: Rev. Dr. Katie Hays of the Galileo Church in Mansfield, Tezas; Rev. Dr. Eric Law, founder of the Kaleidoscope Institute; Amiee Laramore, Director of Seminary Advancement at Christian Theological Seminary; and Rev. Pedro Suarez, incoming Bishop of the Florida-Bahamas Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. More Register for the Stewardship Educators Forum by December 31 Join your peers in stewardship ministry at the Stewardship Educators Forum Gathering and stay for the Stewardship Summit, January 23-25 in Southaven, Mississippi (near Memphis). More COMPASS Blog focuses on Hymns and Hopes for the Holidays The Ecumenical Stewardship Center COMPASS Initiative engages young adults in conversations…
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Ecumenical Stewardship Center NEWS November 2017

Ecumenical Stewardship Center NEWS November 2017

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Don't forget! Generosity NEXT Registration Closes November 15 Generosity NEXT explores the connection between faithful stewardship, generous giving, and current culture. Participate onsite or via live streaming. More Come to the Stewardship Educators Forum and Stewardship Summit in January Join your peers in stewardship ministry at the Stewardship Educators Forum Gathering and stay for the Stewardship Summit, January 23-25 in Southaven, Mississippi (near Memphis). More Plan Now to Attend the Pathways to Generosity: Signs of Hope Conference Through keynotes, workshops, and worship, Pathways Conference participants will explore their paths to faithful generosity and leave ready to create new paths of generosity in their churches and organizations. April 3-5 in Dallas, Texas. More Stewardship and Advent? We've Got a Theme for That The Blessed Be the Lord God stewardship theme, based…
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Financial Planning

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During October 2017, COMPASS focused on “Your Relationship with Your Money” including the live chat with Mike Little. Learn how your relationship with money influences your understanding of Christian stewardship as discipleship. Along with this chat there are blog posts by Marcia Shetler, Jacqueline Painter, John Withum, and Matt DeBall Monthly Blog Posts: New Rules for Financial Planning by Marcia Shetler The Cost of Making Financial Mistakes by Jacqueline Painter Reorienting Spiritual Principles for Financial Planning by John Withum Four Guidelines for Financial Planning by Matt DeBall COMPASS Chat Compass Chat with Jacqueline Painter October 10, 2017 at 1pm
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Ecumenical Stewardship Center NEWS October 2017

Ecumenical Stewardship Center NEWS October 2017

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Connect Stewardship and Current Culture at Generosity NEXT Generosity NEXT explores the connection between faithful stewardship, generous giving, and current culture. Participate onsite or via live streaming. Registration closes November 15. Learn more Bill Enright is October Author Chat Special Guest Join the ESC Author Chat with Bill Enright to discuss his latest book, Kitchen Table Giving: Reimagining How Congregations Connect with Their Donors on Tuesday, October 24, 1:00 p.m. Eastern time, Noon Central time, 11:00 a.m. Mountain Time, 10:00 a.m. Pacific Time. More October COMPASS Live Chat Features Financial Planning The ESC COMPASS Initiative connects young adults, faith, and finances. Join the COMPASS Live Chat about financial planning with special guest Jacqueline Painter from Everence on Tuesday, October 10, 1:00 p.m. Eastern time, Noon Central time, 11:00 a.m. Mountain…
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Wrestling With the Power of Money

Wrestling With the Power of Money

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If we have wrestled at all with the power money exerts in our lives and the lives of our people, it should not surprise us when God comes asking us to reclaim the matter of money as a vital issue of faith. To guide those we love and serve into a mature and faithful relationship with money ...to connect its daily use with our theology and practice of faith ...to nurture generosity toward God and others: these could be our greatest gifts and our most sacred responsibilities. The church has truth that gives life; where else should our people turn? We can begin by engaging our own resistance to talking about money and giving. Not to overpower it by brute strength, but to discover what we will learn from it…
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ESC NEWS September 2017

ESC NEWS September 2017

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It's Not Too Late to Order Stewardship Resources It's not too late to order resources for your congregation's fall stewardship emphasis. Peruse our newest theme--Live Generously--and our other 18 themes in the ESC Web Store. Rebekah Basinger is September Author Chat Guest Join Rebekah Basinger, co-author of Growing Givers' Hearts: Fundraising as Ministry on September 27. More Register Today for Generosity NEXT Join the conversation about stewardship and current culture at Generosity NEXT, November 29 - December 1 in Nashville, Tennessee. We'll discuss "Stewardship and Generosity: Are We Doing All We Can?" with keynote speakers Rev. Dr. Anne Burkholder and Rev. Steve Manskar. More The Truth of What We Bring A person places a check or folded bills into the offering plate on Sunday morning. The usher sees the hand drop…
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The Truth of What We Bring

The Truth of What We Bring

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A person places a check or folded bills into the offering plate on Sunday morning. The usher sees the hand drop some money into the plate, but what that usher cannot see is the intention of the offering. That is known to no one but the giver and God. Yet the action is one of the most powerful events of the worship service. The offering is the point on Sunday morning when most people face the intersection between God’s grace and human gratitude. Are we willing to freely give, even if it means giving up money, which in our culture signifies power? Be it a tithe, a couple of one-dollar bills, or nothing at all, giving is an outward sign of our inner spiritual intentions. The offering is a unique…
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ESC NEWS August 2017

ESC NEWS August 2017

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Generosity NEXT Keynote Speakers Announced Rev. Dr. Anne Burkholder and Rev. Steven Manskar will be the keynote speakers at Generosity NEXT, November 29 - December 1 in Nashville, Tennessee. August Author Chat features Mark Vincent, A Christian View of Money Join Mark Vincent, CEO and Senior Design Partner of Design Group International, on August 28 to chat about his book A Christian View of Money: Celebrating God's Generosity. Register today for the Stewardship in Scripture Online Course Enrich your understanding about biblical principles of stewardship in this online course. Class begins September 5. CEUs are available. Good Samaritan Behaviors Making room for collective concern in the midst of individual priorities is a particular Christian matter.  
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Generosity NEXT Keynote Speakers Announced

Generosity NEXT Keynote Speakers Announced

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Rev. Steven W. Manskar, D.Min, and the Rev. Dr. Anne Burkholder will be the keynote speakers for Generosity NEXT, November 29-December 1 in Nashville, Tennessee. The theme for Generosity NEXT 2017 is "Stewardship & Generosity: Are We Doing All We Can?" Among the staples of stewardship literature, no matter the denomination, is John Wesley’s 1872 sermon “The Use of Money”. His exhortation to gain, save, and give all we can is an easy-to-remember and oft-quoted rubric by which Christians are encouraged to measure their stewardship and generosity. But in a global society marked by wealth inequity, social injustice, and religious indifference, do Wesley’s words still resonate? Generosity NEXT keynote speakers will address these questions and engage participants in this discussion. Steven W. Manskar is a clergy member of the Minnesota…
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Good Samaritan Behaviors

Good Samaritan Behaviors

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Making room for collective concern in the midst of individual priorities is a particular Christian matter. From its origins the Christian message has always been “to love God” but just as fundamental to the faith has been the mandate to love one’s neighbor. In the pressures of contemporary life, many citizens feel they do not have the cultural currency to care for neighbors in need—specifically, time and money. In life’s paradox, those who have negotiable time are often without excess money, and those who have any money to spare are left without discretionary time. One of Jesus’s best known parables prevents serious disciples from ignoring this dilemma. The message of the Good Samaritan is really about time and money. The characters in the story face the pressure of whether to…
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